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The Mystery Shop celebrates 32 years!

The Mystery Shop celebrates 32 years!

The Mystery Shop performed our first show on February 17, 1989.

How it all began

Way back in the Fall of 1988, several of us were involved in community theatre.  We were approached by a guy who owned a Bed and Breakfast in Wheaton, Illinois. He said he need to bring in weekend business and asked if we could put together a murder mystery weekend.

It took us several months to write the script, and it was designed specifically for the Inn. It was an overnight mystery. We performed for the guests on Friday night with lots of clues, codes, etc. Then the audience retired for the night and we hid clues all around the Inn during the night (like a scavenger hunt). We wrapped everything up on Saturday morning as the guests had their breakfast.

We were commissioned for a three weekend gig at the Wheaton Inn.  After the very positive feedback from the audience, we decided to make this a real business and thus The Mystery Shop was born.  Current owner Mary Heitert quit her “day job” in March of 1989 and has been running the business ever since.

The present

As of today, we have performed over 3250 shows for a wide range of audiences.  Here is just a sample of the types of groups The Mystery Shop is perfect for:

After school programs

Anniversary parties

Apartment/Resident parties

Associations and Clubs

Bachelor/Bachelorette partiesBachelorette party

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Birthdays (adults or children)

Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts (Blue & Gold)

Break-out meetings


Christmas/holiday parties

Churches/Religious organizations

Client/Member appreciation events



Couples clubs

End-of-the-year parties

Family nights

Festivals/picnics/block parties


Girl Scouts/Brownies

Graduation parties

Halloween parties





Meeting or Party Planners


New Year’s Eve parties

Park Districts/Recreation Centers

Political fund-raisers



Retirement parties


Schools (Grades K-12)

History Mystery


Showers (bridal, baby, etc.)

Singles Groups

Social events

Spouse activities

Staff/employee parties

Sweet 16’s

Team building activities

Teen mixers

…. Or just for fun!

The Future

Our future is entirely up to you!  Book your Mystery Shop programs now: or call 630-690-1105.

We’ll be happy to clue you in!Call us today!


The Art of Shooting

Ever since I’ve been in the mystery business, I’ve been curious about guns. The Mystery Shop does not use guns in our shows, but I read mystery novels and watch tons of TV shows that involve police procedures, etc. Guns are everywhere. I had the opportunity recently to participate in a class called “Basics of… Continue Reading…

Mardi Gras Mysteries

Today is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras or Carnivale, whatever you call it, is a great setting for Murder! Busy streets, crowds, costumes, drinking.. mix it all together, and you have a recipe for the perfect crime novel.  Check out these titles: The Mardi Gras Mystery by Henry Bedford-Jones Death Visits Mardi Gras… Continue Reading…

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